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Red Wings' Howard says he's close to extension

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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard told reporters Thursday that he's close to a six-year contract extension to stay in Detroit.

Howard said there are some minor details to work out, but he hopes to sign by the weekend. TSN reported that the deal is worth $31.8 million.

"I wanted to be here," Howard said. "I get along great with everyone here. I believe in this organization. I just want to be here and get the job done."

An all-star last season, Howard has won at least 35 games in three straight seasons. He is 16-12-4 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season.

"Obviously he's always worked hard and the organization has confidence in him," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters. "It's important for us. We need good goaltending. We need him each and every night and he's been excellent for us."

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